Upcoming Events

  • Autism Awareness Day

    Apr 30th, 2017
    9:00am - 6:00pm


    Nashville Zoo will hold its fourth annual Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 30.

    Held in partnership with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), Autism Awareness Day is included with Zoo admission or membership and offers family-oriented animal experiences and activities throughout the Zoo. Guests can participate in a zoo-wide scavenger hunt or sensory tour and close encounters with animals along the Zoo's trails.

    Activity Schedule

    10:00-11:15  Open House at Croft House
    10:30-11:00  Animal Encounters at Festival Field
    11:30-12:00  Kid’s Tour at Croft House
    1:00-1:30  Sensory Friendly Animal Show at Amphitheater
    1:30-2:15  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)
    1:45-2:45  Open House at Croft House
    2:00-2:30  Sheep Visit at Croft House Front Lawn
    2:15-3:00  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)
    3:00-3:45  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)

    Autism Spectrum: Planning Your Visit

    Nashville Zoo has been working with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) to develop tools and supports to enhance a zoo visit for families with children on the autism spectrum. Prepare for a visit to Nashville Zoo with these planning materials, such as visual schedules, zoo map with quiet areas and social stories about zoo experiences.

    Social Stories to help prepare for a Zoo visit:

    Going to the Nashville Zoo Pictures (pdf) 
    Going to the Nashville Zoo Pictures/Spanish (pdf)
    Petting Animals at the Zoo Pictures (pdf)
    Waiting in Line at the Zoo Pictures (pdf) 

    Zoo Maps, Tours, and Visual Schedules:

    This resource includes a specialized map of the Zoo, indicating quiet and loud areas, as well as other information to help prepare for your trip to the Zoo. The included icons can be used to create a visual schedule to plan your trip!

    General Zoo Map & Visual Schedule (pdf)

    More Details